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Publisher's Summary

A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and 1950s haute couture - soon to be a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.
After 20 years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat - the town's only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics - and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly's mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.
©2015 Rosalie Ham (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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By merlin on 06-21-16

Difficult to follow as a audiobook

While this is a well-told story, it is about more than just the dressmaker, it is about the town she comes home to. Because of the audio format, I found it difficult to keep the large cast of characters in town straight. The performance was clear, and the pace of reading excellent, but there was no differentiation in voice for each of the characters, which would have helped the listener keep them all straight.

While I would definitely recommend this novel, I would not necessarily recommend the audio format.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful


By Jane Foster Lawrence on 09-07-15

Very Enjoyable

The Narrator was very good.
I Loved the references to fabric and sewing.
The very descriptive writing gave a clear visual picture

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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